barbican//@kelleow

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i love photography – getting that bokeh, experimenting with light, different compositions, and of course the editing process. but sometimes, it’s nice also to be in front of the camera. i think that a lot of photographers struggle with this. we take beautiful portraits of people – making sure that the focus is on their eyes, the image is straight, there are no gnarly distractions in the background… but when it comes to pictures of ourselves, it’s not necessarily the quality of our work reflected back at us.

good thing i know i can always count on my good friend and photographer-bud kelly, also @kelleow on instagram.

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i remember starting out on our passion for photography together, probably about 6/7 years ago when we were both still in secondary school. kelly would bring in her dslr (which was a big big deal back then) and we would take posed pictures of ourselves after church on a sunday. we would then write on each other’s walls on facebook to upload the photos asap and over-edit them all.

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fast forward a bit, we both grew up and learnt how to travel independently using our children oyster cards. we started honing in on the concept of a photoshoot and getting some planning done before we embarked on each creative adventure. we learnt to be spontaneous and let inspiration strike us. we’d encourage each other to grow towards our passions…and still do.

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it’s proving difficult to meet up and shoot together as we get older and pursue our respective degrees. however, i’m still thankful for the times we do get to meet and of course, for the perfect portraits she takes of me. i have this theory that we both have a similar creative eye for things, and that’s why we have become so compatible over the years.

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the above pictures were taken by kelly around black friars and barbican conservatory in london, and edited by me.

-heather sham

180 the strand

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this is the last set of photos taken with etain, and probably my most favourite shoot to date. check out our previous shoots from that day herehere and here. and, once again, here we are affirming the fact that my most favourite shoots are the ones which are the most spontaneous.

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this spot was actually a cafe located on the top floor of 180 the strand, which houses a contemporary exhibition called ‘everything at once’. the exhibition features sounds, visuals and movements, and highlights the use of creative media.

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we were impressed by the exhibition, but we never expected to be just as wowed by their cafe. set at the top floor and overlooking the london skyline, we were able to get some pretty hip photos from the corner of the cafe. the construction works outside gave us interesting lights to play with, as did the neon logo at the corner of the wall.

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i love the images in colour as it gives the effect of gels being used. (p.s. i can’t wait to start experimenting will gels and lighting). i didn’t even have to worry much about etain’s skin tone looking too over-saturated and red as it contributed to part of the v-i-b-e. however, i also found that these photos came out equally well using a black and white filter. i love that clean, sleek, editorial look it gives.

hashtag feelin’ it.

-heather sham

purples

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can you believe that the following photos were actually taken in a children’s transport museum? we literally stumbled across it after shooting at our first location in bethnal green.

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the sofa and grand windows became the perfect spot to shoot a few lifestyle pictures, whilst the balcony featuring a majestic purple roof was the perfect backdrop for some more dramatic images.

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etain had brought two sets of outfits – one of a striking pair of trousers we used in the bethnal green shoot, and these purple kappa tracksuits which she picked up from urban outfitters. what a happy colour coincidence.

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we didn’t bring any additional lights to use that day, but we figured out that the pop-up flash on my camera was perfect for contributing to the overall vibe of these photos. kappa, pls sponsor us?

-heather sham

 

simple fairy lights setup

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this is totally a long overdue post which was meant to go up between christmas and new years lol. but you know how it is, christmas is just a crazy season of trying to squeeze in as many social get-togethers as possible and eating and getting fat and then sleeping it off.

which brings us here to this post, now that the january blues are kicking in and i can’t be bothered to start my law revision.

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these photos were actually taken the same time as my first ever studio photoshoot which you can find here. i wanted to create some content which contained festive vibez to post during the christmas season. but hey-ho better late than never, right?

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could i just add that if you love my sister’s coat, she actually stole it from me. looks cozy right? cos it totally is.

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a few portraits for my sis using a simple setup consisting of 2 soft boxes, and that’s a wrap.

-heather sham